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engageSpark, Nexmo help Filipinos escape Super Typhoon Hagupit’s wrath

Ike Suarez | Feb. 5, 2015
Former uses latter’s donated SMS messages to prepare for storm’s fury.

A Philippine not-for-profit, engageSPARK  worked in tandem with the cloud communications company Nexmo to help several thousands of Filipinos escape the wrath of Super Typhoon Hagupit early December.

A press statement by the San Francisco-based cloud communications company said engageSpark sent around 175,000 SMS messages on behalf of the global humanitarian agency, Mercy Corps.

The messages used Nexmo's cloud communications API to warn Filipinos in the path of the super typhoon and to provide them information on where to evacuate.

It also provided them with emergency phone numbers  to contact in case they needed more help or  information.

Donation

The press statement said Nexmo donated these messages  to help engageSPARK offset the cost of providing this emergency information campaign in the Philippines.

Super Typhoon Hagupit made its first Philippine landfall on December 6, forcing  more than 1.7 million people to evacuate to safety.

Observers noted that the Philippines was better prepared for Super Typhoon Hagupit's advent this December than it was for Super Typhoon Haiyan , which ravaged central parts of this country last November 2013.

engageSPARK is based in Cebu City in central Philippines close to the center of Super Typhoon Hagupit.

As a not-for-profit, social business, it enables non-governmental organizations to reach people in need.

 

 

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